What better way is there to close out the summer than a music festival? Besides Coachella and South by Southwest, Lollapalooza is one of the biggest summer festivals and, most of all, it’s one I try to make every year. (Besides, it’s a great excuse to visit Chicago).
This year’s line-up at Lollapalooza range from old-school (“old-school”) artists like Outkast to top new artists like Lorde, as well as a variety of electronic and hip hop artists.
So, I’ve established that it’s worth attending. Chicago is an amazing city and, with over 100 artists performing, you’re likely to have an amazing experience.
Still, whilst music festivals are enjoyable entertainment, they can be a tricky outing for which to dress. You find yourself asking: Will it rain? Will I be comfortable all day? Is the garment itself going to be durable and versatile for dancing, sitting, drinking, and various states of weather? Will it be tarnished by grass stains, or spilled drinks?
Personally, I find “festival fashion” much harder (and expensive) for us ladies to undertake. For men, on the other hand, there are some obvious options.
In the spirit of Need, I thought I’d take the opportunity to ensure you look your best in Grant Park this weekend.
One point I have repeatedly learnt whilst working in men’s fashion is, in order to make a striking impression (particularly securing the eyes of a female in a crowded place), a man must be bold.
Take this Navy Floral shirt be General Assembly, for example. It’s a confident, trendy, and fashionable shirt that’ll instantly set you apart from the crowd. And, importantly, the short-sleeves and weightless fabric make it painless in a sunlit crowded area.
If you are in favor of the Sun-Washed Chino Shorts, but are still a bit dubious on the Navy Floral Top, take in consideration the Two-Tone Poplin Shirt by Jiberish. (Only trouble is that I can’t promise we have your size. The Two-Tone was a Need Member favorite featured in Volume 7: Work/Play.)
Next, this getup is for all you gentlemen who are simple when it comes to clothes.
Here, is a classic denim paired with a white shirt. It’s classic, straightforward, and yet still has a touch of personality via the dime pocket and the handmade selvedge denim.
I can’t imagine Chicago’s weather being nearly as hot as Texas during this time of the year; this makes for an ideal opportunity to wear a true pair of denim jeans. Not excessively skinny, whilst not being too loose, the Truman Regular by Noble Denim, are designed for the perfect look and fit. (And they’re handmade in the USA, which makes for extra patriotism points.)
Importantly, there is more to it than meets the eye. The Atmost Baselayer T-shirt is equipped with ventilation and and moisture-wicking technology, allowing you to subtly breath and avoid those off-putting sweat stains./p>
Adding, the Dime Pocket Oxford by General Assembly, is slim cut, and the perfect length for being worn untucked. It’s a quick supplement for any last minute spontaneous adventures outside of the music festival (in all seriousness, you’re in Chi-town).
Going back to being daring, the Stars and Stripes socks by Hook + Albert, are a tiny step forward. Not only that, they bring a small bit of character to this simple outfit whether you choose the navy or white pair.
(And, hey, extra patriotism points when paired with the Truman jeans.)
To make packing easier (and lighter), I recommend taking it easy on the shoes (something not easy for me — or any woman — but something I can recommend for you gents).
All you need is a shoe that is comfortable, and uncomplicated when pairing with the rest of your clothing. Example, the Baleine Shoe by Bucketfeet — it’s a simple grey canvas shoe, with a fantastic touch of colorful personality on the tongue.
On a final note, whether you are aiming to be daring or simple, these “festival fashion” ensembles are Lollapalooza-approved. (And, generally, life-approved.)